Statement on the Earthquake in Morocco

World Monuments Fund (WMF) stands in solidarity with the people of Morocco in the wake of a powerful earthquake that struck Friday night outside of Marrakech. We extend our condolences to families who have lost loved ones and our deepest sympathies to those who have been forced to flee their homes. 

While the epicenter of the earthquake was recorded high in the Atlas Mountains, approximately 50 miles outside of Marrakech, damage from the disaster has impacted a number of historic buildings in the country’s fourth-largest city. Marrakesh is home to many iconic sites and landmarks including the Medina of Marrakesh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, the Koutoubia Minaret, and the minaret of the Kharbouch Mosque in Jemaa El Fnaa Square, all of which have been reported to have sustained serious damage.

Human lives are a priority in the wake of a disaster of this magnitude. Restoring the built environment is an essential second step in the recovery process for the impacted communities. WMF will continue monitoring the situation through our network in the country as events develop and take necessary action to support the efforts of the Moroccan people.

To learn more about our efforts responding to disasters that threaten heritage around the globe and support us in this work, visit our Crisis Response Program page.

Image: Koutoubia Minaret, Marrakech, Morocco.